We all think about deforestation and the devastating disappearance of forests on land, from the burning of the Amazon to wildfires in California, southern Europe and Siberia.
Seaweed forests are disappearing across the world...
Many seaweed forests have completely disappeared, destroyed by pollution, overgrazing, coastal developments, heatwaves, ocean warming and other factors. They used to cover most coastlines in temperate climates but are now under threat as our planet catapults towards increasingly rapid environmental degradation.
...and with them the benefits they provide
The long-term consequences of their decline are a decrease in biodiversity, fewer fish, less carbon sequestration and poorer water quality. Coastal communities that rely on these vegetated habitats for subsistence and various economic activities are the ones most affected by their decline.